In episode #42 we met with Thomas Carmody, an adherent of well-coordinated compilations and the main astronaut in the black-and-white spclnch system. Let’s talk about the aspects of development, plans for the future and approach to business.
01 Pasiphae Group – Laomedeia
02 Pablo Bolivar & Sensual Physics – Wellen
03 Subset – Falling To Iguazu
04 Van Bonn & Upwellings – Bilateral Kite (Mike Schommer Remix)
05 Jorge Caiado – Nashas Groove (Steve O’Sullivan Remix)
06 Yagya – Krákur
07 Masupilami – Memory Collector
08 Krissky – Contemplate
09 Masupilami – Upper Partials (Ludowick Remix)
10 Kooscha – Component N11
11 Masupilami – Memory Collector (Sony Synth Remix)
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Hello, Thomas! Thanks for checking out the podcast. What is the idea of your mix?
Perhaps it depends on my personal preferences and emotions in a certain period. I think there is no specific pattern here. I like to carefully select tracks for my compilations and arrange them in such a way as to ensure the smoothest mixing and transition from mood to mood.
It is important for each of us to be filled with energy before implementing our plans and searching for fresh ideas. What helps you get inspired?
Although music is a significant part of my life, design, travelling, outdoor activities, podcasts and cinema also play an important role. I like to combine the consumption of useful information with leisure activities. I am inspired by concerts and parties of my favourite artists, who often make an indelible impression. In particular, I can single out the recently reunited and not needing introduction Blink 182, Tom DeLonge and his Angels & Airwaves, as well as the stunning vibe of Son Mieux. In electronic genres, I would like to mention Sebastian Mullaert with his extraordinary lives, the cold melancholy of Yagya, the pedantically built sound of Frivolous and the exemplary ambient dub of Fingers In The Noise.
I know you have a pretty successful dub techno label. Its concept is really impressive in its elaboration and stands out noticeably among the rest. Who and what is behind all of this?
People are interested in getting information at different levels, whether it’s video, photo, music or text. Spacelunch not only combines these formats but also connects them in a single plot, linking it to something meaningful and at the same time familiar. Good music traditions together with illustrations and fascinating stories – that’s what really excites the mind! The label is backed by a team whose members diligently embody joint ideas and constantly assist each other. My task is to work closely with the musicians, select the material and promptly coordinate the activities of the project participants.
What can we expect from you and the label in the future?
Probably, there is no simple recipe for the introduction of new solutions. Behind growth and change, there is often a combination of passion for the craft, dedication and consistency. The promotion and debugging of the project are continuously carried out in all possible ways to release the best music on vinyl and digitally. At the moment, the first illustrated anthology of the Spacelunch is being created. Follow the news!
What do you think is important in life? What message would you like to broadcast for all like-minded people and those who are paving a difficult path in the music industry? In exploration of the communication system and internal processes, what should you pay attention to?
The main thing is to act: work hard and don’t be afraid to make mistakes in search of the right direction. If you feel that what you are doing is beginning to resonate and take clear outlines, then you are on the right track. In fact, a lot of it refers to the already existing knowledge. I think that a great way to find and develop your style is to use references which, as a constructor, build our own universe. Even while studying someone else’s approach or copying a third party’s work, something unique might turn out. Love what you do and do what you love!